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Routeburn Explorer

  • Hike the famous Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand's Seven Great Walks
  • Rappel, climb, and swim in the canyons of Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • All safety equipment and instruction included
Routeburn Explorer
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Combine hiking on the famous Routeburn Track with a canyoning adventure in Mt. Aspiring National Park on a single active tour from Queenstown. Hike along the Routeburn Track while a guide points out the endemic flora and fauna, then reach the canyonlands, where you will rappel and swim through the caves, canyons, and pools. Refuel with a picnic lunch to wind up your strenuous tour.
What to Expect
Check in at the Adventure Centre, right in the heart of Queenstown at least 15-minutes prior to departure. Lockers are available for use to secure your belongings during your trip. Your guide for the day will then give you a short trip briefing all necessary paperwork will be completed, then you’ll be ready to begin your adventure!
Drive for approximately 15-minutes to the purpose built operations base where you will be fitted out in a wetsuit, booties, a helmet and all necessary safety equipment including harnesses.
You will then begin a spectacular 40-minute drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, into the Routeburn Valley, Mount Aspiring National Park. Once you are geared up at the Routeburn Hut, you'll set off on a 25-minute hike along the world famous Routeburn Track. Then it’s time for some hard out adventure.
Once everyone is ready the trip leader will give an in-depth safety briefing and explain about the canyon. You will then embark on a 2.5 to 3-hour decent of the canyon. A number of Lord of the Rings scenes were filmed in this cave, so fans might recognise a few spots!
As you start your descent through the canyon, you’ll be abseiling, leaping off rock ledges into foaming pools, and swimming/sliding down the canyon stream. After your canyoning experience you will be provided a full picnic lunch to enjoy in the beautiful setting.
This canyon is suited to people that have a good level of fitness, high water confidence and a real sense of adventure! The minimum age is 15, and children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Reviews (9)
1 - 5 of 9 reviews
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

What a brilliant day! A massive shoutout and thank you to Hitoshi and Seb. They made the adventure more than just canyoning. The small group made the experience a personal one and the guides made us feel so comfortable, safe and confident. The walk to...More

Thank Sinéad C
CanyoningQT, Front Office Manager at Canyoning Queenstown, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Good morning Sinead, Thanks for your review! Glad that the boys were able to find your GoPro - always fun to go fishing while canyoning! :) Will pass on your comments to Hitoshi and Seb, I'm sure they'll be stoked about that. Safe travels, Charlotte...More

Reviewed 4 February 2018
Great time with the BEST!!

we just came back, Kaden & Rylie ours guides was the best you can ask for, very professional. Good experience, Must Do It!

Thank hararit2018
CanyoningQT, Front Office Manager at Canyoning Queenstown, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Hello, Thanks for your feedback, glad you had a great experience with two of our senior guides Kaden and Rylie! Will pass this onto them, have a lovely time in New Zealand. Safe travels, Charlotte On behalf of the Canyoning Queenstown Team

Reviewed 26 January 2018
Great time with the guys from Canyoning Queensstwon - Watch out for the drop!!!

We did this as a couple and it was a good experience all round. Being fairly new to town we had a wander to get some information on tours and some adventure experiences.. Amanda was working at the shop that evening and was really helpful...More

Thank Ashley C
CanyoningQT, Front Office Manager at Canyoning Queenstown, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Good morning Ashley, Glad we got to take you both out on the Routeburn Explorer, what a wonderful trip in this very special location. Happy to see that we made you feel safe although you were completely new to this activity - definitely some adrenaline...More

Reviewed 9 January 2018
The Most Epic activity in Queenstown #NZMustDo

I recently did this routeburn canyoning on 29th Dec and i was surprised by the thrill and adventure it had. I was fortunate to have done it after all other rafting, skydiving , Nevis Bungy and swing as this was above and beyond any of...More

Thank manjuaries
CanyoningQT, Front Office Manager at Canyoning Queenstown, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Hello Man! How fun is our Routeburn Explorer! You summarized it so well :) We are glad you enjoyed your canyoning full-day experience with our awesome guides Riki and Taylor! Thank you for suggesting to our guides to use Go Pros, I will definitely pass...More

Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

Three thumbs up to our guides, Rylie and Seb, very professional and fun with ultimate positive energy!

Thank Master S
CanyoningQT, Front Office Manager at Canyoning Queenstown, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Hi there! Rylie & Seb were happy to read that you enjoyed your experience with them and Canyoning Queenstown. Hope to see you again sometimes, happy New Year and safe travels in New Zealand! Charlotte On behalf of the Canyoning Queenstown Team

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